I came across the music blog music think tank last night and found an essay by Rhodri Marsden entitled Please Buy My Record: The Futility of Flogging Music. [Flogging is an English expression for selling.] I encourage all musicians to give it a read. Here’s an excerpt –
One thing that nearly all my bands had in common was a complete inability to get people to give us money in exchange for the recordings we’d made. As I’ll explain later, the MP3 revolution â€“ if I’m allowed to call it that â€“ has made that failure even more apparent, and the pain even more acute; it’s just few weeks since I went down to my local tip and recycled approximately 1,500 unsold CD albums in order to make room for my girlfriend’s burgeoning magazine collection. Her tatty copies of Vogue and Elle Decoration are worth more, square foot for square foot, kilo for kilo, than my CDs. I’d always suspected this, but that trip to Wandsworth dump confirmed it.